Ashley Phosphate Road Audit

In January 2020, the Charleston Moves team joined the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) and their consultants, the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG), Palmetto Cycling Coalition, the City of North Charleston, and Dorchester County on a Road Safety Audit (RSA) of Ashley Phosphate from Dorchester Road to Rivers Avenue. This road is one of the top ten most dangerous corridors in the state for people walking and biking. The intent of the RSA is to assess the conditions and make suggestions for improvement in order to make the road safe and functional for all users. Planners and engineers across agencies will rely on this document as they develop safety improvement projects for the corridor. Among other things, we observed that crosswalks are sparse and faded; street lighting is inconsistent and minimal; sidewalks are overgrown with vegetation and filled with sediment; bike facilities and pedestrian crossings to access transit stops are nonexistent; many pedestrian push-buttons didn’t work and countdown signals didn’t exist.